A 2016 Survey of American Meteorological Society Members About Climate Change

This report provides initial findings from the national survey of American Meteorological Society (AMS) member views on climate change conducted by George Mason University and AMS, with National Science Foundation funding. Our survey was administered via email between January 6 and January 31, 2016. After making an initial request to participate, we sent up to five additional requests/reminders to participate to those people who had not yet completed a survey. A total of 4,092 AMS members participated, with participants coming from the United States and internationally. The participation rate in the survey was 53.3%. We wish to sincerely thank all AMS members who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this research. We hope the following report is useful to them.

College-Educated Views on Global Warming

March 2015 - via Gallup An aggregate poll conducted by Gallup shows that educated Democrats are less skeptical of global warming, whereas 74 percent of educated Republicans believe that the seriousness of global warming is “generally exaggerated”. This suggests that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions. It also suggests that partisanship is the main indicator in shaping American views on global warming, rather than education. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Educated Reps more likely than less educated Reps to doubt global warming Democrats with college degrees tend to be less skeptical Education related to self-reported understanding of issue for both parties   Read more here: College-Educated Republicans Most Skeptical of Global Warming

Appealing to our ideas of legacy may help combat climate change.

January 2016 - by Ezra Markowitz and Lisa Zaval - via Washington Post. Here’s the secret to making people care about climate change: Make them think about their legacy. In a series of psychological studies we conducted over the past two years with Americans from across the country, we found that simply asking people to reflect upon how they want to be remembered by future generations can lead them to engage in more “helping behavior” in the present, particularly when it comes to protecting the environment... Read full article: Here's the secret to making people care about climate change    

Voters Prefer Candidates who Support Climate-Friendly Policies

October 2015 - via Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Our new national survey finds that majorities of registered Democrats, Independents and liberal and moderate Republicans want climate action, will vote for candidates who will support it and represent the mainstream of American voters. The survey also finds that conservative Republicans’ views are often different from the rest of American voters. For example: • Registered voters are more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who strongly supports action to reduce global warming (36% are more likely to vote for such a candidate, 16% are less likely). Only conservative Republicans are less likely to vote for such a candidate. • Likewise, registered voters are less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who strongly opposes action to reduce global warming (43% are less likely, 13% are more likely). Only conservative Republicans are more likely (slightly) to vote for a candidate who strongly opposes action to reduce global warming. • The 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (often referred to as COP21) recently concluded in Paris, leading to an international agreement

Americans Support an International Climate Agreement in Paris

October 2015 - via Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Most Say an Agreement is Important and Countries Should Do More About Global Warming The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference opens in Paris on November 30. In preparation for the negotiations, each country was asked to submit their own national action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and over 90% have done so, including the United States. President Obama is now going to Paris to press for an international agreement to reduce global warming. What does the American public think? In our recent national survey, we asked Americans about the U.N. Summit in Paris, how much the U.S. and other countries should do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whether the U.S. should only act if other countries do. A large percentage of Americans (71%) say it is important to reach an agreement in Paris this year to limit global warming and 43% say reaching an agreement is very or extremely important. A large majority of Democrats say an agreement is important (85%), as do nearly 2 out of

Candidates take note: GOP voters increasingly believe humans play role in climate change

September 2015 - by Todd Robberson - via Dallas Morning News GOP presidential and congressional candidates can no longer point derisively at environmentalists and scientists as alarmist tree-huggers merely for asserting that global climate change is real and that human activity is playing a role. It turns out that most self-identified GOP voters feel the same way, according to new poll results by a Republican polling group. Read more: Candidates take note: GOP voters increasingly believe humans play role in climate change

American Beliefs and Perceptions

September 2015 - via University of Texas at Austin The latest polling results from the University of Texas, Austin, reveal the largest consensus since political scientists at Texas started polling on the subject in 2012 — and a 68 percent increase since last year. It also shows a drop from 22 to 14 percent in Americans who flat out deny climate change. Read full report: University of Texas Energy Poll  

Conservative Republican Views on Clean Energy

August 2015 - via ClearPath Echelon Insights, North Star Opinion Research, and Public Opinion Strategies, conducted a comprehensive survey, led by three prominent Republican pollsters, that explores Conservative Americans’ opinions about climate change, the use and development of clean energy, and which policies and tools should be used. The survey studied American voters, with a particular focus on Conservative Republicans, and found that voters strongly favor clean energy for health, safety, and economic reasons. Read more: Conservative Republican Views on Clean Energy

Predictors of public climate change awareness and risk perception around the world

July 2015 - via Yale Project of Climate Communication Research reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perception for 90 percent of the world’s population.  Read full report: Predictors of public climate change awareness and risk perception around the world

Colorado, Iowa, Virginia Voters Back Pope On Climate

July 2015 - via Quinnipiac University Voters in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia agree by margins of more than 2-1 with Pope Francis' call to do more to address climate change, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Also by margins of more than 2-1, voters in each state say climate change is caused by human activity. By narrower margins, however, voters in each state say climate change is not a moral issue, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election. President Barack Obama continues in his slump with negative job approval ratings of 41 - 56 percent in Colorado, 40 - 56 percent in Iowa and 45 - 51 percent in Virginia. "There is a big partisan split as Democrats in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia agree with the Pope on climate change while Republicans disagree," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Conventional political wisdom is that a presidential candidate rises and falls along with the president of

Conservative Republicans Alone on Global Warming’s Timing

April 2015 - by Andrew Dugan - via Gallup An aggregate poll conducted by Gallup shows that majorities of other political identities believe global warming will happen soon. However, most self-identifying conservative Republicans don’t think humans cause rising temperatures. The set of questions designed by Gallup and presented in over 6,000 interviews as part of Gallup’s annual Environment poll each March from 2010 to 2015, are designed to measure the public’s understanding, skepticism and concern. The data shows that the disagreement with global warming is driven by a particular political identity (conservative Republicans), rather than an entire political party. Majorities of other political identities believe global warming will happen soon Most conservative Republicans don't think humans cause rising temperatures Read more here: Conservative Republicans Alone on Global Warming's Timing